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Some say that she's no ordinary nerd. Some say that sometimes she's too eccentric and weird. But all they really know is she called Megara Noelle, most of the time. She's an aspiring fantasy author who knits, crochets and sews with her own patterns. She doesn't use calculations, just her artists' mind that was cultivated as a teenager. When she's not trying to peddle her wares at bazaars and art shows you can find her gaming, or watching Doctor Who, Top Gear, Mythbusters, G4, and even Phineas and Ferb.
Megara Noelle comes from the age of Boy Bands and isn't afraid to admit it. She can turn almost anything into something creative and is constantly coming up with new ideas, so don't be surprised if you see her around and about the world doing some of the craziest things you've never thought of.
Currently she works with her co-host to sometimes update their Gaming blog and podcast (To Continue Press Start) where Megara regularly makes a fool of herself when playing games. You can listen and watch them at their site, and catch them coming soon to a Con/Expo near you. They will of course be cosplaying in costumes that Megara has probably made herself.
You can find her randomly at Steampunk expos, and other Conventions around the Midwest, and look for the TCPS podcast to start touring. You can find both of them on twitter @TCPSpodcast and @MegaraNoelle.
Home page: http://ToContinuePressStart.blogspot.com
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Ahhh, what better way to kick off October Wednesdays than with new Mythubusters? That’s right, there really is no other way. Forget the last hour of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ with that adorable Gordon Ramsey, he can’t measure up to 5 of the coolest people with jobs that we all dream of. I am of course talking about Jaime Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci.
So what were our mythbusting heros up to tonight? Dogs. This episode went to the dogs, again. Adam and Jamie went back to see if they could find new ways to try and fool the bloodhound into losing their scent, while they tried to escape from prison. Last time Adam tried spreading his scent everywhere, running through water, and spreading pepper to mask his scent, but none of it worked. This time though it was Jamie’s turn to try, and Adam was going to be hunting him down.
With a rousing, slightly edited, speech from ‘The Fugitive’ from Adam, Jamie was off! His first counter-measure? Red herring. Cans of it to be specific. He dumped a pile of fish in the middle of his trail then took off again, hoping that the scent of the fish would distract Morgan, the same bloodhound from the first attempt. It did, for a minute. Morgan had a nice snack before he was off again, although looking slightly confused. They passed by Jamie twice before Morgan finally picked up his scent in a tree.
Next on the list was for Jamie to don a ‘no-scent-suit.’ What is this you ask? Well he bathes, rinses and sprays, putting on different clothes that have any other kind of scent on it than his own. Did this work? No, not at all. Morgan found him rather easily. For his third attempt to stay out of the slammer Jamie decides to run through some water. Now anyone who remembers the original episode, from three years ago, knows that Adam attempted to lose the pup by running through water. But as our intrepid hosts tell us, the fans weren’t happy with the puddles that Adam was jumping through. This time Jamie was going to be running through a river.
Jamie set off, running through some rather deep and sucking mud. Seemed they’d be able to follow him without the dog. Then he went into the water, sometimes coming up to his waist, zig-zaging back and forth, crossing to one shore of the river and then back over to the other. Then he ran up and hid under some brush. It seemed like this might work, before testing it, as they thoguht that moving water would take the scent with it and make things harder. But good ole Morgan, he jumped right in and followed that trail! Even catching Jamie mid stream in the river. Adam’s thoughts?
“At first when I saw Jamie’s trail in the mud I was like, Hehn hehn hhen hehn. Then when I got to the river I was like, Awwwww. Then when Morgan found Jamie, I was like Woooooo!”
Next Sherrif Adam decided that it was time to find Jamie’s accomplice, cleverly disguised as so called volunteers. They had the five guys take the same path out into the field, only separating at the end to go to their designated trees. A path filled with five different scents? Surely this would work! Well, actually, it almost did. The first time it seemed that Morgan was confused, he went to the right person the first time, but he and his handler were getting mixed responses and they checked out the other four. So they repeated it with a different set of thugs, erm, volunteers. Once again, Morgan picked out the right person the first time, but had to double-check the others just to be sure. Can nothing stop this dog?
One last test to be certain. A test to the extreme. Jamie bathed in a tub with plastic laid out, then put on a special, fresh, white plastic suit. He then went to another tent where three experts were needed to complete a 15 step process that included a breathing mask, two other suits, and many many other different chemicals and washes to get off any Jamie smell that might be lingering. They then took ‘eau du Jamie’ and put it in a spray pack. Jamie took his head start and started to spray his scent all over the field, trying to confuse poor Morgan, then took of running, fairly confident that he was going to win this one. He was wrong. The blood hound barely paused at the discarded spray pack and found Jamie easily lying on the ground in a ditch, out of sight. It seems that the blood-hound cannot be fooled, and Jamie gets to go back to his jail cell that has missed him so.
Our other three sidekicks were testing their own ways to beat a different kind of dog. A sniffer dog, like the ones that go through your luggage at the airport, or the ones that police use to sniff out drugs. Five different dogs were brought in to sniff out “the contraband”, of which we the viewer were not allowed to know what is was, but were assured that it was legal. They tested their first dog by hiding the envelope above the wheels of a smelly horse trailer, surrounded by shipping crates and large trucks. There was no hesitation and they now knew what they were up against.
Here was their first plan of action.
Find something smellier than “the contraband” to hide it in. Where did they go? The Prop Co-op. over 30,000 pieces of props for just about everything in one building, and they all created a scent that ever our hosts could smell from the doorway. To make even more of a challenge they put “The contraband” into containers with five od the smelliest items; coffee, peanut butter, perfume, bleach, and citronella.
The coffee went behind some old phones, but the sniffer dog found it within five minutes time. The peanut butter went into a drawer of a filing cabinent, and that darn dog, well he found it even then. These dogs were good, they weren’t distracted by the fake scent leads that our hosts were leaving around the different aisles to cover up their dirty work. Even the bleach and perfume gave him no problems! But what about the citronella? Nah, he found it, not as easily, but confidently.
It was time to switch tactics. Bring in a crowd of over 200 people, a rather loud car stero thumping away, and a fast food taco truck. One person in the crowd would be holding the bag with “The contraband” in it. The first ‘average joe’ also carried a device that worked as a sound repellant for dogs. Every time the dog would come close to our hidden man he would press the button to try and drive the dog away. But it was no use, the dog was so well trained that it hardly deterred him from finding his goal!
Next was an age old tactic, confuse him with pleasure. A female dog in heat was brought in to stand next to our new offender, and this really seemed to throw the sniffer dog for a loop. That’s when the law stepped in and pointed out that in normal situations any dog would be removed, so she was removed, and it was no contest, the perp was caught.
Lastly, our sidekicks went for the luggage. Hiding “the contraband” under a false bottom, then filing it with clothes, and some stinky cheese, and salami, and other foods. The real test this time, though? To fool the handler. Maybe he would see the food and think that that was what his faithful sniffer had realyl smelled, and move on. They even went to a luggage store to make things harder. No go, Joe. The handler took everything out and went right for the false bottom. Next on the list? The most horrifying thing of all.
Hiding the contraband with some baby stuff, provided from the new mother herself, Kari. But that’s not the worst part. They pu “the contraband” in with a baf dirty diapers, wrapping it up in a week old, stinking, diaper. If I was the handler, I would have just burned the bag, “contraband” and all. But our faithful sniffer found the bag, and our brave handler wasted no time in digging the bag. His face told the story of the smell and his want to go searching, but there was no hesitation when he pulled out the dirty diaper.
The moral of our story tonight, boys and girls? Don’t do anything illegal, or try to break out from prison, for man’s best friend will also be man’s worst enemy. Also, they’ll send out the dogs if you try any of their stunts and experiments at home.
Some people give the Mythbusters some flack for not being truly scientific, for not running enough control tests, for not running enough variable tests, which often leads to re-visits of myths. But I say, ‘Who cares!’ THey put in the time, and the math, so the rest of us don’t have to. If they did everything like the others in white coats in pristine labs, the show would not be as entertaining. And who doesn’t like to see Adam wearing costumes and trying to win one over on Jamie? I know I do.
Next week, the Mythbusters meet up with the Storm Chasers to test out some tornado myths, that include jet engines. Who’s up for that?! Me, me, me!
<(-_-<)<(-_-)>(>-_-)> Megara Noelle <(-_-<)<(-_-)>(>-_-)>
As you all may or may not know, BBC America premiered the 15th season of Top Gear tonight. And I was there to watch it. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and The Stig were back to show us some of the most powerful cars, show us stuff that we shouldn’t do, but what a car could (or could not) do. As was boasted int he commercials, this Series (season) is being shown in the original, un-cut, UK version, which was a stunning hour and twenty minutes long! Let me premise this review with the fact that the new episode premiered at 9:30pm (eastern) Monday night. BBC America was so excited for this that they in fact had a Top Gear marathon, but not just any marathon. This marathon started at midnight Friday night, all the way until Monday night, 52 hours of Top Gear. And I can proudly (kind of) say that I watched approximately 34 hours of this marathon. And now, onto the first episode of this exciting new series!
“Some say that his discharge is luminous.” All anyone ever knows is that he’s called The Stig, and today he drove the Bentley Continental around the track, listening to the sounds of vuvuzelas (that he invented, and… crashes?! The car exploded, flipping end over end! The Stig emerged from the wreckage, on fire, and managed to still cross the finish line! No one will know though, as we were shown Korean hatchback futbol! Jeremy Clarkson was as outraged as I was. The Stig even took off his helmet.
James May tackled the first challenge, driving up to an active volcano in Iceland. He took a Toyota Hilux Arctic Truck that had been driven to the North Pole from Canada a couple previous, and turned it into a Volcano Proof vehicle. He took the knowledge of wetting your feet to get across hot coals and applied that to getting across the hot grounds of the volcano. A system was rigged to constantly wet the tires as he drove, and to keep the water from freezing when he wasn’t by the volcano, vodka was added to the water. On the way tot he volcano though there was an intense snow storm that had actually taken the lives of two locals. So what was he supposed to do in this truck? Collect a souvenir of lava, as it was spewed from the volcano. But he stayed still too long and his tires caught fire and he had to move quickly. Upon victory he proclaimed “I claim you for Queen Elizabeth of Top Gear.”
Every series they put a celebrity into the Reasonably Priced Car and send them around the Top Gear track. This series they’re getting a new Reasonably Priced Car, and must then put the old one to rest. So what better way to put the Chevrolet Lacetti to rest than by giving it a viking burial? Getting rid of an old car that has been part of the family is hard because of all the memories that it holds, and this one was no exception. A few of the celebrities that had driven the Lacetti included Simon Cowell, Simon Pegg, Hugh Grant, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Gordon Ramsey, Jay Leno, and many many others.
What did this burial consist of? Chimneys, built in the 1960’s, over 550 ft tall had been filled with nitro, and the car parked underneath said chimneys. The poor Lacetti did not have a proper burial as the nose of the car was still sticking out of the rubble, shameful.
A new rule now says that any car that has 3 wheels is technically a motorcycle, and must now pay motorcycle tax, saving 55 pounds a year. The Reliant Robin falls into this category and Jeremy Clarkson decided to take it out for a spin. But the Robin has a single wheel in the front rather than the back, something that Jezza was very concerned about, donning a helmet and a four point safety harness in the car for safety. Which he would need for his challenge.
What was the challenge you ask? To drive from Sheffield to Rotheram, a perilous 14 miles. As he drove out of the lot he was parked in the car flipped on it’s side, skidding across the cement, as soon as he turned the wheel. In fact it seemed that almost every time he turned the wheel the car would tip onto its side. Sometimes he was able to push the car back up by merely opening the door and leveraging the door against the road, but most of the time he had to rely on the kindness of strangers to push him back up. Strangers that oddly enough he seemed to know, or knew where people would be, like a reporter from the BBC show Look North (where he tipped twice) and right int he middle of a cricket field while they were playing a game. At one point the car tipped back onto it’s two rear wheels and to avoid hitting anyone Jeremy had to drive into a lamp pole.
He found some Reliant Robin enthusiasts and got their opinions of the car, and they quickly told him that he was driving it wrong. You’re not supposed to turn, you’re just supposed to go in a straight line. Eventually he got tired of this tipping problem and took it into a shop, outfitting the sides with training wheels on the front, still making it a three wheeled ‘motorcycle’. He was so confident that his Anti-Cap-Size solution would work, right up until it failed, 6 miles from Rotheram, right into a pond.
Thus ended a very serious show.
A very serious show indeed. Some say that Top Gear isn’t a proper car show anymore, but I think that it’s a nice mix of car information (of cars that I can only dream of owning) and fun. Somehow through the seemingly ridiculous challenges you learn something about a car, also you learn about stuff you shouldn’t do while driving cars. They do have segments for those who love cars and keep up with the car news. To me, it’s a nicely balanced show, and it’s something that even a non-petrol head can get into.
Ever had that moment when you’re just making stupid jokes with a friend and then suddenly inspiration hits? Well, that happened to a friend and just this weekend. I mention one of my many crafts, a pair knit gloves that I was going to sew the sew TARDIS onto, and suddenly we turned nerdy. I have been going through some Doctor Who yarn inspiration and was slowing to complete a set. And if I were to complete a whole set, according to my friend, I would gain the bonus ability of Time Travel. And through some more nerdy speak that has left most of my family speechless, we came up with a million and a half ideas for a tabletop Doctor Who RPG. Epic, right?
Well we met earlier today at a book store, plenty of inspiration and help around, to discuss and get a start on this amazing idea. About an hour into our talking and planning we had figured out that we had entered a whole new level of Nerd, we were off the charts, we’re had become level 80 nerds. And he’s a little more nerdy than I am.
What did we come up with you ask? Well, let me give you the short of it. Instead of classes there are vocations, and the races are practically Endless. You need at least one Time Lord and one Companion to play, and the max really should be three Companions and one Time Lord. You must level up your TARDIS to gain the extra rooms and upgrades, just like you must level up (essentially) your Time Lord’s sonic screwdriver. You complete quests and battles to gain new settings and operations for your screwdriver. A few other things also that we’re working out right at the moment. Instead of a Dungeon Master, there’s The Master (so far.)
Some of the Vocations we came up with were Medical Doctor, Soldier, Scientist, Civilian, and Scholar, and from there you can choose a minor vocation also. Each companion will have certain strengths according to the vocations your choose. The worlds and times you’ll travel to are practically endless, and you have to attempt to keep Earth History generally the same or your Time Protection Bar decreases. And so far the one rule that we know of; Captain Jack Harkness is a Fact.
So now we’re writing up descriptions, working some illustrations, and some skills calculations. We might just be a little Too excited for our own good. But you have to admit, this is going to be something Epic.
<(-_-<)<(-_-)>(>-_-)> Megara Noelle <(-_-<)<(-_-)>(>-_-)>
It’s Tuesday (again)! “The Guild” has been updated once again. We’ve reached episode 9 of 12!
In the 9th episode of season 4, “Pirate Paddy”, of The Guild, ‘Codex’s creative endeavors do not pay off; she turns the “Guild” for support.‘ You can find the episode by this link here.
You can also watch The Guild on Xbox Live for free anytime. You can watch all the episodes and the extras on there too if you don’t want to sit at your computer to watch it. They have outtakes and some old christmas specials and music videos too!
Happy Nerding! Back to the grind!
<(-_-<)<(-_-)>(>-_-)> Megara Noelle <(-_-<)<(-_-)>(>-_-)>
It’s Tuesday! And that means that the popular web-series’ “The Guild” and “The Legend of Neil” have been updated today, both starring Felicia Day.
In the 8th episode of season 4, “Busted”, of The Guild, ‘Vork and Avinashi form a weird partnership and Codex is busted.‘ You can find the episode by this link here.
And in the 4th episode of season 3, “40 Acres And A Zol”, of The Legend of Neil, ‘Featuring musical guests Dragon Boy Suede performing the theme song. Neil learns the meaning of “Lynelling”.’ You can watch this episode from this link, there.
(Note: The theme song is probably NSFW.)
You can also watch The Guild on Xbox Live for free anytime. You can watch all the episodes and the extras on there too if you don’t want to sit at your computer to watch it. After meeting/seeing the Guildies at GenCon this year I’ve decided to help spread the word of these amazing series. And if you don’t like these web-series’ you can pass them on to friends who might like them.
Happy Nerding! I’m off to vanquish some knitting patterns!
<(-_-<)<(-_-)>(>-_-)> Megara Noelle <(-_-<)<(-_-)>(>-_-)>